Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

Whitetailed spider

Photo  – Dougal Clunie

Photo – Dougal Clunie

Lampona murina Koch (North Island), Lampona cylindrata Koch (South Island)


Order: Araneae
Family: Lamponidae

Size range

  • Medium–sized spider. Body length up to 17 mm

Distribution

  • From Australia
  • Widespread in North Island

Life History

  • Often found around houses
  • Eats other spiders, especially grey house spiders
  • Has a painful bite, which sometimes becomes infected
  • A closely related species, Lampona cylindrata (L.Koch), is found in South Island